Stay Here: Smyth Tribeca, New YorkBy Angelica Malin
Looking for a staycation in New York? The Smyth is a trendy boutique hotel in Tribeca – here’s what we thought:
The location of this hotel is great; it’s centrally located at 85 West Broadway on the corner of Chambers Street, with all the charm of Tribeca and its industrial-era buildings. It’s very New York in its look and feel; right in the heart of the city, surrounded by contemporary architecture and the urban city skyline. Only a few streets from the Hudson River, Tribeca is a great place to base yourself if you’re visiting New York as you can easily explore Soho, the Lower East Side and the West Village from here. It’s one of New York’s original residential neighbourhoods so you’ll have a taste of time-gone-by staying here.
The rooms are nice enough; it’s all very modern and they are pretty spacious by New York standards. Lots of neutral tones and greys in the interior design style – they feel very sleek and modern.
Some of the more expensive rooms have outdoor terraces which is a very nice touch you can stretch to that; the spacious Penthouse House suite has views of the Tribeca skyline with its 800 square-foot terrace and you can dine outside in the summer months. We stayed in a Deluxe King – the walk-in rain shower and marble bathroom were a highlight, and the most luxury aspect of the room. The rooms are quiet which is no easy feat in New York, meaning you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep even on a busy corner of Tribeca, and the in-room breakfast menu is sublime for a lazy Sunday morning.
Also newly opened is the Smyth Tavern, their in-house restaurant and bar. The restaurant is a partnership with Mercer Street Hospitality so I had high hopes for for the food; the lobby bar’s Galerie Bar is nice and cosy with fireplaces, and its tucked away with only 12 seats so feels quite intimate and a bit of a hidden gem. We dined at Smyth Tavern a few days after it opened – the food showed promise but the service was a little all-over-the-place, although I’m sure that’s been sorted now with a bit more time. Expect a classic all-day menu with American influences; the braised meatballs with creamy polenta are a good starter, and the jumbo shrimp cocktail is a classic done well. For mains, the pasta is rich but delicious – the Vodka Campanelle with Burrata, basil and parmesan is a highlight. And you can never go wrong with a lobster roll – there’s comes in a Brioche bun with shoestring fries. Delicious.
All in all, a very pleasant stay at the Smyth. The hotel is low-key and intimate – it’s great location makes it perfect for a weekend break in New York and the service in the hotel was warm and welcoming. Their American tavern-style restaurant is a good place to crash after a day of being out in the city and a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The perfect place for a mini break this Spring in the city.